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#1335 Black Box By Stan Walker, Condoms Clog Drains At Games, In Vain
 
 
 
Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a song called Black Box by Stan Walker.

Stan is singing about a failed relationship using the metaphor of a plane crashing into the ocean.
This is the first verse.

Sending out a Mayday
We’re going down
The thing we could've done
Would've turned it round
Everything we had, scattered everywhere
Searching through the wreckage of a love affair

Do you know what a black box is? It’s a kind of recording device. Wikipedia says:
It records the conversation (I said conversations accidentally) of the pilots during a flight, so if something goes very wrong, investigators can use the black box recording to determine what happened.

And Stan Walker sings:

There’s a little black box, yeah
Somewhere in the ocean
Holding (I said hiding accidentally) all the truth about us
It’s a little black box
A record of emotion
Everything that ever was

He also says: You say that I’m to blame
And: You're fooling yourself

So, basically their relationship has failed and his ex is saying that it was his fault, but he doesn’t think it is … and he thinks that the truth about what happened will eventually come out, like it does when they find the black box after a plane crash.

You may deny it 
But when I find it 
I’m gonna play it aloud to the world

 
 
 
STICK NEWS
 
 
The 2010 Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, India, from the 3rd to the14th of October.
During the games, Reuters reported thousands of flushed condoms threatened to choke the drainage system in the games village.
The Commonwealth Games Federation President said he thought it was a very positive story because it showed that athletes were being responsible. 
He said, "We all know that encouraging safe sex is a very important thing to do.”
 
And that was Stick News for Friday the 15th of October.
Kia ora.
 

Welcome to India!
 

Did you score yesterday?
Not during the game …
 
Rise to the occasion, dig deep and give it 110%!
Yes, coach.
 
I think the gymnasts need some safety lessons, boss.
 
 
 
Word of the Day 
 
Today’s word is vain.
 
Vain is an adjective.
 
(disapproving) too proud of your own appearance, abilities or achievements
 
If you look in the mirror a lot, like Vanity Smurf, then someone might call you vain.
 
In today’s song, Stan Walker sings:
 
You say that I’m to blame
My words are in vain
You're fooling yourself
 
In vain has a different meaning to vain.
It’s an idiom which means: without success.
 
So if I tried in vain to persuade Tom to go, it means I tried, but failed to persuade him to go.
 
 
 
friday joke

Can you teach me how to do the splits?
How flexible are you?
I can’t make Tuesdays.
...
 
 
 
 
conversations with sarah

#858 Is Stan Walker from New Zealand?
 
Step 1: Repeat Natalie’s lines.
Step 2: Read Natalie’s lines and talk to Sarah.
 
Natalie Is Stan Walker from New Zealand?
 
Sarah He was born in Australia and I think he grew up in New Zealand and Australia.
 
Natalie Is he very popular?
 
Sarah Yeah, I think so. He won Australian Idol last year and he just won four awards at the New Zealand music awards.
 
Natalie For the song Black Box?
 
Sarah Yeah, two of them were for that.
 
 
 
ESL Video Quiz: #1335 Comprehension
 
 
 
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Black Box by Stan Walker - LYRICS
 
Sending out a mayday
We’re going down
The thing we could've done
Would've turned it round
Everything we had, scattered everywhere
Searching through the wreckage of a love affair
 
You got something to say?
Say it to me
Not everyone else
You say that I’m to blame
My words are in vain
You’re fooling yourself
 
There’s a little black box, yeah
Somewhere in the ocean
Holding all the truth about us
It’s a little black box
A record of emotion
Everything that ever was
 
You may deny it, deny it
But when I find it, find it
I’m gonna play it aloud to the world
A little black box, yeah
A little black box, yeah
 
There's a lot of pressure when you get deep
You left me on my own at six hundred feet
I was looking round for a little help
But everyone was looking out for themselves
 
You got something to say?
Say it to me
Not everyone else
You say that I’m to blame
My words are in vain
You're fooling yourself
 
There’s a little black box, yeah
Somewhere in the ocean
Holding all the truth about us
It’s a little black box
A record of emotion
Everything that ever was
You may deny it, deny it
But when I find it, find it
I’m gonna play it aloud to the world
A little black box, yeah
A little black box, yeah
 
You can’t stop a true survivor
You’ll discover that all on your own
'Cause I’m a true survivor
And I’ll be there after you’re gone
Long after you’re gone
Long after you’re gone
 
There’s a little black box, yeah
Somewhere in the ocean
Holding all the truth about us
It’s a little black box
A record of emotion
Everything there ever was
 
You may deny it, deny it
But when I find it, find it
I’m gonna play it aloud to the world
A little black box, yeah
A little black box, yeah
 
Little black box
Little black box
Little black box.
 
 
 
links
Stan Walker - site

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